District police chiefs told to ensure that no tension prevails

Besides the Central forces, PAC and other forces deployed in Ayodhya

Lucknow: With less than a week to go for the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, the Uttar Pradesh police has stepped up security across the State and asked its district chiefs to ensure that programmes to be held by rival outfits on December 6 to mark the incident did not vitiate the atmosphere.

“The district police chiefs have been asked to ensure that programmes like ‘Shaurya’ and ‘Kalank’ diwas by rival organisations did not vitiate communal atmosphere,” Additional Director General, Law and Order Brijlal told reporters.

Besides the Central forces, five companies of PAC, two companies of RAF, three bomb detection and disposal squads and anti-sabotage teams have been deployed in Ayodhya that saw the demolition of the mosque 17 years ago, he said. Companies of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have also been deployed in Faizabad, Gorkahpur, Lucknow, Moradabad, Aligarh, Varanasi, Mau, Kanpur and other districts.

Asked why a ban is not put on such programmes, Mr. Brijlal said local administration and police would take appropriate action if needed after assessing the situation.

“Our prime objective is to ensure that no tension prevails in the State,” the ADG said. Asked about an ban on proposed visits of big leaders to Ayodhya on December 6, Mr. Brijlal said that he did not have any information of such visits. -- PTI